How to be the best point guard you can be

Ask any basketball coach which player position is most vital to a team’s success, and he’ll almost always answer: point guard.

The point guard is the team’s on-floor leader. He calls the plays, sets the pace, directs traffic.

Players like Chris Paul and Tony Parker (and old-school stars like Magic Johnson and John Stockton) made playing the 1 spot an art form.

Let’s look at some steps you can take to becoming the best quarterback, er, point guard you can be:

  • Work on your stamina. Ever watched Steve Nash play? The guy never stops running. If you run 2-5 miles 2-3 times a week, you’ll be well on your way to having a motor like his. Mix in some sprints, too.
  • Dribble all the time. And dribble all kinds of different ways: high, low, through the legs, with your left hand, with your right hand, while running at full speed, crossing over, etc. The more you dribble, the better handle you’ll have. Oh, and don’t forget to develop a killer crossover while you’re at it.
  • Be a leader. Great point guards are an extension of the coach. Don’t be afraid to give feedback to your teammates. And, of course, be a hard worker and lead by example.

For lots more tips on becoming the point guard you know you can be, check out this article.

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